Right after the Richard Jefferson deal, another big one is coming up. The Washington Wizards are close to a deal that would send the No. 5 overall pick Oleksiy Pecherov, Etan Thomas, and Darius Songailato the Timberwolves in exchange for Randy Foye and Mike Miller.
It was only a matter of time before the Wizards would trade the pick; Portland, Phoenix, New York, and Dallas were also in the mix. The deal was agreed because the Wizards would be getting two perimeter players, who would help them know.
This deal makes the Wizards much better—they now have one of the best groups of perimeter players in the NBA with Foye and Arenas, who can absolutely score the ball when healthy, to go along with Caron Butler and three point specialist Mike Miller.
The Minnesota Timberwolves get two of the top six picks. They now have a lot of flexibility and a number of options with guys like Tyreke Evans, James Harden, and Stephen Curry. The Timberwolves now have the most picks in the first round.
At the deadline last season the Wizards promised not to trade Antwan Jamison to keep the Wizard squad intact for when Gilbert Arenas returns. They now add some punch on the perimeter with Mike Miller. In my mind, this deal elevates the Wizards from a 19 win team to possibly a fouth or fifth seed.
If the Wolves have a slam dunk draft, they will have a good year by their standards. The core will be in place with guys like Al Jefferson and Kevin Love in the frontcourt, and possibly Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry in the backcourt.